Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

Does this mean my nipples could fall off??????

Seattle Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder has good news for you and your nipples.

I did a breast lift today on a lady who had waited years and years before having the procedure because she was afraid to have her “nipples cut off” and then “put back on”. This is a rather common misunderstanding about breast lift (and breast reduction) and I want to set the record straight.

Repeat after me:  “Your nipples never leave your breasts”.  The nipples are shifted up into a higher position with breast lifts and reductions but they stay attached to the underlying breast tissue and in most cases, sensation is preserved.

It is only in a rare, gigantic breast reduction that I do a procedure called a “free nipple graft” breast reduction.  In those cases, the nipple has to be raised so much that it is not possible to keep it attached.

Sooooooo, unless you are having a ginormous breast reduction, fear not your nipples falling off.

Thanks for reading!   Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


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